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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Glorious bugs

Today we did a grand total of 2.5 miles and for a change, we had no issues, dramas or upsets during the cruise. The plan was to go as far as possible before the predicted rain started and, well, we only got as far as Leighton Buzzard to do a shop when we felt the first drops. Got slightly damp walking to Aldi but on our return, the rain had stopped. Mind you, even if it had been torrential we would still have had to move FS from these 2 hour moorings, enough time for a shop but not for lunch, so Ian got us underway while I stowed the groceries  

Deciding to get moored before the rain started again we pulled in just after Mardle Road Footbridge so only about half a mile further. Aerial went up and we settled into, what we assumed would be, a wet afternoon. It stayed dry until 5 pm!. Annoying really as we could have continued for another couple of hours. Never mind, I had a very good bug hunting expedition in the nearby waste ground which left Ian unhindered to play with the engine!

Wyvern hire boats. Very surprised at how many were still in.

Loads more photos posted on my Wildlife photos

There are loads of Ladybirds at this time of year, all emerging from their pupae.

Ladybird larvae turns into...

This, the pupae

They emerge without spots

But they soon appear

I think something went wrong with this one


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